May 23, 2017

Then without warning, a big black object came down on us through the fog and we were dead set on a collision course with it. It came out of nowhere, like a horror movie, and to this day it is still one of the most terrifying feelings that I’ve ever had.

 

 

2 May 2017

I got my first Channel Islands surfboard in 1999. Prior to that, I was riding the 'potato chips' of the time and my surfing had hit a plateau. And not in a good way.  A friend convinced me to try the new Flyer model that Al Merrick had just released, and after my first surf on that board I immediately felt a change in my surfing game for the better.

That Flyer is unfortunately long gone, but still remains a board I reference as being pivotal to my growth as a surfer. Since then, I've always carried an appreciation for Al Merrick and have always had a Channel Islands board in my quiver.

 

 

11 April 2017

I had never met Dale Velzy before the day he came by my shop some 50 plus years ago.

I happened to be in the rear of the shop, shaping, and my sales guy came back and said, “You’ll never guess who’s here. Dale Velzy!"

 

 

11 April 2017

You're going to leave Hermosa Beach at the end of that week and think to yourself, "I don't care if my mom wants me to become a dentist. I’m going to be a surfboard shaper."

 

 

11 April 2017

Why the heck am I doing this? I am a very average surfer who is totally happy with a one-board quiver. Why do I need to shape surfboards? I am still asking myself this question.